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Fire danger very high in central Wisconsin

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RIB MOUNTAIN (WAOW) -

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has suspended all burning permits statewide because of dry, windy, and warm conditions.

DNR officials say the ban is expected to continue until the weather changes. They add that conditions are prime for brush fires right now, even in the Newsline 9 viewing area.

Rib Mountain firefighters said Wednesday that several factors are contributing to the dangerous conditions including strong winds, warm weather, and a lot of dry brush.

They said warm, dry weather last year is also still having an impact.

"We had a long, fairly dry summer, dry fall so all the materials that were on the ground had a good chance to dry out last year and they were covered with snow, but the snow doesn't really moisten them so the snow went away and they were still dry," said Rib Mountain Fire Chief Paul Wirth.

Firefighters added it's also important to keep a close eye on your grill because wind can pick up embers and start a fire in seconds.

You can check burning restrictions here: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/ForestFire/restrictions.asp

 

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